Freelance Forum Spring 2021 Webinars & Podcasts

nujFFFreelance Forum Spring 2021 is here!

Aimed at writers, photographers and PR practitioners, and hoping to cover print, broadcast and online media, Freelance Forum is organised by Dublin Freelance NUJ branch with support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

In 2021, a combination of  podcast interviews and live webinars are planned. Webinars will also allow for audience interaction, with Question & Answer sessions. As was the case last year, the podcasts will be uploaded and can be accessed using any podcast client, or directly from Soundcloud. However, places at the webinars may be limited.

Reserve your places today.

A total of three FOUR Spring Webinars are planned. You can reserve a place at an individual Webinar, or at all three. There is no charge to attend the Freelance Forum webinar events. You can install a Zoom app on your Apple or Android phone from the app stores, or download Zoom here to install on your computer.

Additional podcast recordings will also be uploaded during the Spring. The first podcast of 2021, covering the Sound+Vision programme, was uploaded on 1 February. Check it out now, before the application deadline on 4 March. Further podcasts will be added during March and April.

Spring Series 2021 Freelance Forum Webinars

Webinar 1: Making Media Pay
Time: 1.00PM – 2.00PM
Date: Monday 15 March 2021

Webinar 2: How to make a really great podcast in Six Straightforward Steps
Time: 1.00PM – 2.00PM
Date: Monday 29 March 2021

Webinar 3: Social Media Tactics to Push Your Brand and Your Story
Time: 1.00PM – 2.00PM
Date: Monday 12 April 2021 [SOLD OUT]

Melanie Boylan is a Social Media Trainer and Journalist based in Co Westmeath who has spent the last 4 years honing her methods for building her brand recognition. In her chat today she’ll be outlining the tools and tactics that she’s integrated into her every day strategy.

Webinar 4: Working Safely Through The Pandemic
Time: 19 April 12.00PM – 1.30PM
Date: Monday 19 April 2021 [PLACES STILL AVAILABLE]

Working safely through the pandemic: NUJ Training, in collaboration with the union’s health and safety committee, is offering this 90-minute webinar to branches.
Please note this even is only open to NUJ members.

The NUJ “working safely through the pandemic” webinar is aimed at freelance members who are having to deal with a number of challenges and maybe feeling isolated in their experiences. Identify challenges and exploring some strategies to support how freelance members work and live, is the focus of this webinar. There will be an opportunity during the webinar to share your experiences and identify some positive strategies and ideas.

Caroline Holmes, the trainer, is a freelance member of the NUJ and the Programme Coordinator for the NUJ Trade Union Training Programme. She has been running this webinar since April 2020 and it has continued to evolve in response to the changing needs of NUJ members.

Reserve Your Place Now By Completing The Form Below:

    Yes, I would like to attend the Freelance Forum Spring 2021 Webinar event "Working During COVID" as indicated below.
    (tick the box for each event you wish to attend, and provide your name and email so we can contact you)

    Spring 2021 Podcast Series

    Freelance Forum Episode 18: Philip Cooper from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland talks about the Sound+Vision scheme. Published on 1 February 2021.

    You can listen to the interview on your favourite podcast player, or at the link on this page.

    Freelance Forum Episode 19: Simon Cocking has been Chief Editor at Irish Tech News, and a business mentor and advisor working with over 200 successful companies to date. He has been named on many global Twitter influencer lists in the last 12 months, and has over 117,000 followers on Twitter & 30,000+ on Linkedin. Published on 8  March 2021.

    You can listen to the interview on your favourite podcast player, or at the link on this page.

    Freelance Forum Episode 20: Author Paul Carroll talks about writing fiction, marketing and promotion, self-publishing, and ebooks. Published on 22 March 2021.
    Paul Carroll is a writer and comic creator from Dublin. His work primarily focuses on the extraordinary, be that through magic, science or just downright chaotic. He is a founding member of both Limit Break Comics and Cupán Fae, Dublin-based creative groups. More at

    You can listen to the interview on your favourite podcast player, or at the link on this page.

    Freelance Forum Episode 21: David Branigan talks about licensing and copyright issues. Published on 29 March 2021.

    David Branigan is a photographer journalist who specialises in marine and sailing subjects both in Ireland and overseas. His work appears regularly in Irish publications and news outlets in addition to projects such as books, calendars and stock photo services. He has been a member of the NUJ Dublin Freelance branch since 1992.

    You can listen to the interview on your favourite podcast player, or at the link on this page.

    Freelance Forum Podcast #22: Eliot Higgins talks about Bellingcat, disinformation, and countering propaganda. Published on 5 April 2021.

    Eliot Higgins is the founder and chief executive of the investigative journalism collective Bellingcat, Founded in 2014 with HQ in the Netherlands, Bellingcat have 20 employees and more than 30 contributors around the world. Pioneers of open-source journalism, their forensic research of publicly available data and ‘citizen-journalist analysis’ uses techniques such as ‘geo-location’ to pinpoint exact locations through satellite imagery to corroborate or disprove claims.

    Eliot Higgins is the author of “We Are Bellingcat”, a book about the collective. You can listen to the interview on your favourite podcast player, or at the link on this page.

    Don’t forget to check out the Freelance Forum podcast archives.